I’ve been fascinated with the Ponoko design service since they launched in 2007, but until now, I hadn’t found anyone using it for cat-related items. If you’re not familiar with Ponoko, it is an online service that allows designers to upload files for furniture, jewelry, gadgets, etc., then anyone can download the designs (some are free, others have a licensing fee), choose your own materials, pay, and Ponoko manufactures the item and ships it to you. Everything is custom made, so there’s no warehousing, plus the Ponoko system uses local manufacturing facilities to reduce shipping. It’s a pretty great way to get something that’s totally custom at a reasonable price. You can read more about how the process works on the Ponoko website.
Enter Catter Wallin’. This Illinois-based company has created two designs for unique cat climbing shelves, the Kitty Climber and the Kitty Cozy. Both designs are available for download for just $1.00 each from Ponoko, then you can choose from a variety of materials to have the shelves made just for you. Options include bamboo, MDF, baltic birch plywood, etc. You may want to contact Catter Wallin’ to find out more about the materials they recommend, but it looks like all the options are quite affordable. I look forward to seeing more cat items on Ponoko soon!